Sixth-Inning Collapse Spells Loss for Pirates


Adna held a 5-4 lead until the sixth inning before Kalama erupted for eight runs to hand the visiting Pirates a 13-5 loss in Central 2B League play on Thursday.

After trailing 4-1 entering the top of the third, the Pirates countered with five runs to take their first lead of the game.

“We came out a little flat the first couple innings,” Adna coach Jake LeDuc said. “The third inning, we came alive. We hit the ball hard all day.”

Kalama scored one run in the bottom of the third to cut its deficit to 5-4, then Adna held that lead until the bottom of the sixth, where the Chinooks’ offense took off to plate eight runs and seal the win.

“We came out and didn’t throw strikes,” LeDuc said. “Before we knew it, the bases were loaded and we didn’t respond.”

It was Adna’s third game in four days and LeDuc said the team was feeling the fatigue.

“The wind finally came out of our sails,” LeDuc said. 

Ryan Wickert tossed the first four innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out one.

Offensively, Tristan Percival, Asher Guerrero and Chance Muller led the way with two hits a peice. Percival had a double and an RBI, Guerrero drove in a run and Muller drove in two.

Adna is set to host Pe Ell-Willapa Valley in a cross-league bout at noon on Saturday.